Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

Program overview

Heritage science is an interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and sciences. It focuses on enhancing the care, use, and management of cultural and historic objects using the tools and technology of math, science and engineering disciplines

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with the U.S. National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland.

Researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields are welcome to apply.

Applicants should be emerging or established experts in scientific and technical fields relevant to heritage preservation and conservation, proposing projects that align with the work and goals of the National Archives Heritage Science Research and Testing Laboratory.

 A  Master’s degree is required, but preference will be given to those with a PhD or equivalent professional experience. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply.   

The length of the program is 5 to 12 months.

Grant recipients may depart for the United States beginning September 2022.

This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Archives and Records Administration.  The award was established to support archival science education, conservation, and research.

Details on the program and on submission of applications may also be found on the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Award Activity

The elected Fellow will work in the Heritage Science Research and Testing Laboratory of the National Archives, a state of the art facility focused on scientific research to assist in the conservation, preservation, and ongoing public accessibility of cultural and historic artifacts, records, and documents. 

The Fellow will work with a team of heritage science experts and get hands-on laboratory experience. Scientists work collaboratively with a variety of units within the archives and with other Washington, D.C.-area universities and government agency partners on a diverse range of projects that leverage their expertise in analytical chemistry, physics, computational modeling and materials science.

Scientists are also active in professional organizations and regularly present and publish work that benefits the heritage science community. Fellows will be encouraged to participate by presenting their progress, collaborating on publications, and building peer networks.

Current project interests include sustainable environmental (temperature and humidity) management, developing early mold detection systems, and polymer characterization and aging. Past experience with heritage science or archival research is preferred, but not required.  High quality projects will contribute to international collaborations in heritage science, and build relationships with U.S. experts and institutions.

The National Archives Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab is located just outside of Washington, D.C. in College Park, Maryland. The Lab will provide the Fellow with needed office and bench space and access to common wet lab supplies, PPE, and equipment, including a desktop computer. The lab also has several analytical instruments available including an XRF, FT-IR, and GC/MS. The lab houses several temperature and humidity controlled ovens and a microfadometer often used for material aging experiments.  

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of U.S. government and historical records. While NARA’s flagship locations are in the Washington, D.C. area, the agency represents a network of 40+ locations across the nation, including presidential libraries. 

Grant Benefits:

The selected participant will receive J-1 visa sponsorship, J-1 visa compliant health benefits, and round trip international travel to the United States.  The selected fellow will also receive a modest stipend to cover living expenses, settling in, and professional development allowances, and if applicable, a modest dependent allowance.  J visa compliant health insurance and travel costs for accompanying dependents are the responsibility of the participant.  Additionally, recipients of this award will be invited to participate in Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Activities as well as Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund Fellows will join a diverse, active, worldwide network of alumni who carry the impact of their Fulbright experience far beyond the period of their exchange programs.  

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be Israeli citizens. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.

Eligible candidates will be researchers or professionals in heritage science or related technical fields. A  Master’s degree is required, but preference will be given to those with a PhD or equivalent professional experience. Advanced Doctoral researchers completing dissertation projects related to heritage science are eligible to apply.   

Disciplines

  • Heritage/Conservation Science
  • Preventative Preservation
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural heritage preservation and conservation
  • Applications of technology to complex issues in heritage preservation and risk management
  • Data analysis and visualization

Evaluation Criteria

The Foundation reserves the exclusive right to determine, within the framework of applicable law and regulations, the qualitative standards for the evaluation of applications forwarded to it by the responsible agency in the United States. The Foundation is not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Details on the program and on submission of applications may also be found on the Fulbright Scholar Program.

All applicants must submit their applications directly to IIE's website.

Once you have started your application, make sure to select Fulbright-National Archives from the Award drop-down menu on the Country Information page.

Timetable for 2022/2023

Application deadline October 15, 2021
Earliest start date September 2022